Watching Her Grow Up

Linda and Jim Vail have sponsored You Jun since she was 9 years old. Now 18, You Jun wants to say thank you for supporting her all these years.

When Linda and Jim Vail first “met” their sponsored child — when they received her photo in the mail and first read about her life — she was 9, and in crisis.

You Jun’s mother hadn’t been in her life for years, her father struggled with substance abuse and died the year before, and not long after, her uncle passed away too. She and her grandmother were the only ones left.

“The little girl and her granny depend on each other,” her social worker wrote in a sponsor report from 2009. “They lead a hard life.”

You Jun and her grandmother live on less than one acre of land near the Chinese border with Burma. They grow rice to feed themselves — selling any surplus to pay for necessities. But it has never been enough to afford school for You Jun. Continue reading “Watching Her Grow Up”

Sam Needs a Family!

Sam Needs a FamilyA Wish with a Time Limit—Sam Waits for a Family

Sam’s best friend was adopted last year. Before his friend left the orphanage for a new life with his family, the boys took photos together, to remember. Sam gives his best wishes to his friend, and he also has some wishes of his own. “He wants to have a home, too,” his caregivers tell us. Sam would like to teach his future family to speak Chinese! Unfortunately, time is running short for his wish to come true — he urgently needs a family to bring him home before he ages out of the adoption process on his 14th birthday in October.

Sam has been living in the orphanage since he was a baby and most of his caregivers have known him since he was little. It’s no mystery to them why Sam is popular with his teachers and the other students at school. “We think he is very thoughtful,” they tell us. “He can control his mood when he meets something unhappy… He barely has conflict with others.”

Sam is an active boy who enjoys sports and running. He is missing a toe on one foot, but has no other medical concerns. His development is thought to be normal for a child his age. He attends middle school, where he studies Chinese, math, English, music, art, PE, geography and history and he earns average grades. Outside of school, he likes reading books and playing games, like Chinese checkers and chess.

Sam will need a family educated about issues related to older child adoption and the effects of institutionalization. A Holt social worker has visited Sam’s orphanage and can share about her experience with interested families! A $3000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family adopt Sam through Holt.

For more information about this special boy, please contact Holt’s China child match coordinator, Jessica Zeeb, and visit his photolisting profile!

10/6/04 | China

 

Hector Needs a Family!

Hector Needs a FamilyA $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Hector is a sweet 4-year-old who likes playing with the other kids in his orphanage and being outside. He imitates others and has learned how to say “baba” and “mama.”

When he was brought to the orphanage, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and his development was slow — but he’s been learning a lot! Now he can walk, jump, go up and down stairs, put on his own shoes and socks, and wash his hands before eating! Some of Hector’s favorite foods are soup and rice!

Hector needs a family that is open to the challenges that come with Down syndrome, and one that can keep up with his developmental growth. A $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Hector? For more information about Hector, please contact Jessica Zeeb and visit his photolisting profile!

DOB: 8/5/13 | China

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Adopt from Korea!

• Children waiting for families are younger with minor special needs
• The children live in a very good foster home while they wait for an adoptive family
• Excellent medical information is available about the children
• The program is very stable and predictable

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Adopt from China!

• Open to single and married applicants
• Families can request a child of a specific gender
• The process takes on average 12-30 months
• Most children have moderate to major special needs or are older

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The Least We Can Do

Jing with her family. She appears center, in her dad’s arms

When Koni and Ken Maat decide to adopt a 3-year-old girl from China with significant medical needs, they are moved by the generosity of others who help them bring her home.

Everything in life was great! Our four biological children were all healthy, successful adults and the youngest was halfway through college. We could go where we wanted, when we wanted, without a thought to childcare or bedtimes. And I was finally able to have a dedicated guest room that I had always wanted in our modest home.

I was excited as I planned, painted and decorated the guest room, imagining the family and out-of-town friends who would stay there. When it was completed, I would periodically open the door and look in. It was the one room in the house that was always perfect and glancing in gave me a sense of peace. The satisfaction was short-lived. It seemed so pointless to have this empty room when there were children without a home. I began to research foster care, domestic adoption and international adoption. I would read waiting children’s bios knowing I could help them. I began frequently mentioning my desire and my findings to my husband, Ken, but was met with silence. On the occasion he did respond, he made it clear that he thought I was crazy for wanting to mess up our clearly perfect lifestyle. Continue reading “The Least We Can Do”